More recognition of how technology can help citizens stay informed

What I really want are Canadian equivalents of the following resources promoting direct, active democracy in the US:

  1. Call the Halls guide by Emily Ellsworth - - this former congressional staffer's tweets containing advice on how to effectively contact American politicians went viral after the election. "Call the Halls" is a revised, expanded eBook containing advice for US citizens about researching and contacting their members of congress, as well as useful scripts and email templates, information about town hall meetings and more. It also includes worksheets that readers can print out and complete to keep track of their progress and research.

  2. Email newsletters with activist suggestions like those provided by My Civic Workout ( and ( Both of these organizations send recurring emails with suggestions about activities they can undertake to address pressing political issues, whether it's calling politicians about bills under debate, contacting rights and advocacy organizations, and more.

  3. The Countable app ( "Countable makes it quick and easy to understand the laws Congress is considering. We also streamline the process of contacting your lawmaker, so you can tell them how you want them to vote on bills under consideration." You can search for information based on your location or on which issues are important to you.

Now that the US election is over, activists that I follow on Twitter are full of ideas and advice on what lawmakers to contact, what phone numbers to call, and what to say about upcoming legislation. There has been no equivalent groundswell of advice for Canadians who are equally curious about how to improve things in their country. If engineers, developers, and marketers in Canada were able to take the frameworks provided by the tools above and adapt them to the Canadian context, I think it could lead to a lot more transparency and engagement.

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